Rick Brown from SportsSpotlight.com.
David Kaplan from ComCast Chicago and David Ubben from SportsSpotlight.com.
Jason Simbal from CG Technologies and Vinnie Iyer from the Sporting News.
Dave Creighton Jr. and Brett Ridge talk Hawks.
Bobby La Gesse Ames Tribune sports editor and future Landof10 Iowa beat reporter and Zubin Mehenti from ESPN.
Scott Dochterman from the Landof10.com.
By: Jay Wegman
South Bend, IN
Notre Dame’s quarterback situation is one of the game’s top headlines. It sounds like both Malik Zaire and Deshone Kizer will play. Zaire was the starter to begin the 2015 season but injury led to Kizer stepping in and playing fairly well. The ground game will be a big factor in this game. Notre Dame boasts a deep crew of running backs. Tarean Folston and Josh Adams look to lead the Irish backfield. However, both Zaire and Kizer can make big plays with their feet.
Defense is somewhat of a question mark. Notre Dame had an injury filled defense last year and this year lost a few key contributors to off field issues. So, there are some concerns on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Texas is a program on the rise under head coach Charlie Strong and has a lot of talent.
This years game will for sure be a lot closer than last year’s 38-3 victory over the Longhorns. However, the Irish are still an elite program that boasts an abundance of talent on both sides and should come away with a victory in week one.
You can catch the Notre Dame football all season long on 1490 The Jock. The pregame show starts at 6:00 with kickoff between the Fighting Irish and Texas at 6:30 pm on Sunday, September 4th.
Jay Wegman is a freshman at Notre Dame University. He writes on the Irish at MartyandMiller.com.
Jordan Bernfield from 670 The Score in Chicago.
John Bohnenkamp, sports editor for The Hawk Eye and Dylan Montz sports reporter at the Cedar Rapids Gazette on Iowa State.
Bob Ryan from SportsSpotlight.com, ESPN and the Boston Globe.